Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, 66
Northwestern State University
The fall semester at your alma mater brought a great deal of
good news that bodes well for Northwestem.
In the second year of selective admissions, the average composite ACT scores of incom-
ing freshmen increased to 20.5. Incoming freshmen had better ACT scores in English, read-
ing, math and science. This year, the number of entering freshman receiving TOPS (Tuition
Opportunity Program Scholarship) was up by 6.8 percent from 556 to 596.
Graduate enrollment was the highest in 21 years, increasing 11 .7 percent from 1 ,061 to
1,183 after Northwestem's Graduate Council enhanced admissions standards for graduate
study. We saw strong enrollment increases across the board in our graduate programs as
retention exceeded 80 percent in the majority of the degree plans.
Overall enrollment was down this semester as we anticipated, but the decrease was
smaller than expected. That factor, combined with the continual improvement in the quality of
our student body, is encouraging. We believe that retention and graduation rates will increase
as students come to Northwestern prepared for the rigors of higher education.
We are optimistic that two building renovation projects will begin during this fiscal year.
The work at Williamson Hall and Caspari Hall will give us two modern buildings to better serve
Williamson Hall will also receive an extemal facelift, which will dramatically change the
exterior look of the building and make it closely resemble some of the older buildings on cam-
pus such as Russell Hall.
The new wing of Caspari Hall will be renovated to provide additional convenience for
prospective and current students. The Registrar's and Admissions office along with University
Recruiting and Financial Aid will be in the same facility, cutting down on the time students have
to spend going around campus to conduct business.
These projects along with the new Alumni Plaza will make our Natchitoches campus
even more appealing to those who use our campus each day or visit with us.
Dr. Chris Maggio, 85, 91
Director of Alumni and Development
My fellow alumni:
As 2006 comes to a close, I am reflecting on the wonderful
things that happened at Northwestem in the past year - the growth
and development of programs and services, improvements in campus physical features and
the positive exposure we continue to enjoy Most of all, I am pleased and excited that our
recruiting efforts are attracting high caliber students who are essential to the growth and vital-
ity of the university. They are tomon-ow's leaders and our future alumni.
School spirit is at an all-time high. As director of alumni and development, one of my
goals is to get as many of you involved at Northwestem as possible and make you aware of
the many opportunities to do so.
Remember, if we don't have your cun-ent home or e-mail address, we can't send you
invitations to events being planned by our office. Take a minute to go on-line to wvw.north-
westernalumni.com and click on "Update our Files." You can also subscribe to our Alumni e-
news, which will send you monthly updates of happenings on campus. A fonn for updates
is also available on Page 16 of this publication and can be dropped in the mail.
We want you to feel a part of the university, whether you live in the area or many miles
away. There are many alumni events and programs to keep you connected to NSU. We
hope to hear from you, see you, or better yet, both. Best wishes from all of us and thank you
for your continued support of Northwestem State University.
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Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998
Matt Koury Leesville. 1995
Bryant Lewis Hayncsville. 1958
Carroll Long Tyler. Texas. 1970
Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton. 1992
David Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973
Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995
Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983
Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964
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It is the policy of Northwestern State University of
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religion, sex. national origin, age, or disability in its educa-
tional programs, activities or employment practices.
Northwestern alumni continue to educate through leadership
With Northwestern's history of
producing outstanding teach-
ers, it is no surprise that many
of those dedicated individuals graduate to
a role in which they have an even greater
impact on students and faculty by becom-
ing school principals. And the best prin-
cipals are always - fundamentally -
Karl Carpenter's career in education
began in 1979 when he earned his bache-
lor's in music education and took on his
first job as band director at Oberlin. He
taught at Winnfield Senior High for a
year before moving to Tioga in 1983.
where he served as band director for 16
years before becoming assistant princi-
pal. Carpenter was drawn to music edu-
cation because of the influence of his
high school band director at Alexandria
Senior High, Dr. Jerry Payne, who later
became director of bands at
Northwestern. Carpenter enrolled at
Northwestern and earned a master's at
NSU in 1987 and a Ph.D. from Southern
Miss in 2001.
Carpenter has been principal at
Carter C. Raymond Middle School for
four years. Before that, he was Tioga
High School's assistant principal.
"The principalship offers many
chances to not only see children learn and
grow, but adults as well. Hiring young
teachers and seeing them come into their
own as professional educators is quite
fulfilling. Teachers love to help young
students. That is evident when they vol-
unteer for extra responsibilities around
the school. You really experience a sense
of pride and accomplishment when that
happens." he said.
Carter C. Raymond Middle School is
a rural school in Lecompte. but one of the
most progressive and technology-rich
schools in Rapides Parish, serving a
diverse population of learners from fourth
through eighth grade.
"I really love to teach. What other
career offers you the opportunity to
impact young lives in ways that you may
or may not immediately realize."
Carpenter said. "Sometimes it didn't feel
quite right getting a check for doing
something that I absolutely loved doing.
The challenges of teaching are part of the
job. and everyone who enters a teaching
career knows that. Teaching music
oftered many rewards through the various
Some of those rewards included
leading the Tioga band in concert on the
steps of the Louisiana State Capitol, play-
ing a concert at the base of the Lincoln
Monument in Washington. D.C., march-
ing down Constitution Avenue for the
Independence Day parade and playing
"Hail to the Chief for the presidential
visit to Alexandria in 1996.
"I was elected District II Band
Director of the Year, NSU Alumni Band
Director of the Year. NSU College of
Education Cooperating Teacher of the
Year, and perhaps my most rewarding
honor was being elected by my faculty
colleagues as Teacher of the Year at Tioga
High School." Carpenter said.
As an NSU student. Carpenter was a
member of the Demon Marching Band,
the concert bands, jazz ensembles and
orchestra and sang in the choir. He was
also involved in several theater produc-
tions and the Louisiana Outdoor Theater
Association, the Louisiana Cavalier.
In addition to Dr. Payne, other
Northwestern teachers who influenced
Carpenter were Richard Jennings.
Richard Rose. Tony Smith. Dr. Bill Hunt
and the late Jim Swett.
"I really enjoyed my years at
Northwestern and received a great educa-
tion. It is absolutely thrilling to see the
growth of the School of Creative and
Performing Arts under the leadership of
Dr. Bill Brent." he said.
Ken Cochran's philosophy of teach-
ing encourages not only an active mind.
but also an active body. As principal at
North Caddo Magnet High School, he has
set forth a "flex schedule" with program-
ming that encourages students to think
and learn through interdisciplinary activi-
ties that also promote good health and
Cochran graduated from NSU in
1969 with a degree in health and physical
education and a minor in English. He
earned a master's degree in 1978 from
Northwestern in health and physical edu-
cation and school administration. He
retired after 32 years as a teacher, coach
and principal, but four years ago returned
to the school system to revitalize North
Caddo, a rural school in Vivian. There he
made changes in staff and methods that
lifted enrollment, attendance, test scores,
community involvement and school
"It's rejuvenated me." Cochran said.
"This is a small high school with great
potential. We are creating a process of
focusing on learning rather than testing."
With his background in health and
physical education. Cochran is concerned
about the epidemic obesity among
"It goes back to the Greek philoso-
phy of sound mind, sound body." he said.
"It's a fitness and health initiative.
Physical education is the best interdisci-
plinary classroom." Cochran and his fac-
ulty organize activities that challenge
individuals and encourage teamwork
among students who are not necessarily
"One student may kick a soccer ball
into a goal, but his team does not get the
point unless they can answer a question
or solve a problem related to math, sci-
ence or language arts," he explained.
"My primary reason for going into
education was coaching," he said. He
taught English and P.E. and after 14 years
of coaching middle .school and high
school was .selected to an administrative
internship program in Caddo Parish that
was designed to develop individuals into
administrators. He then became an assis-
tant principal at a Shreveport inner city
middle school, where he dealt with apa-
thy and the challenge of inspiring disad-
vantaged students to learn.
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Cochran's teachers at
Northwestern were an enor-
mous influence on his as a
teacher and coach.
"We had the best col-
lege teachers in my field.
There were none better any-
where... Robert Alost, Buddy
Bonnette. Sam Coker, Roy
Gentry. Melvin Gibson, Slim
Wallace James Elementary.
Lafayette Parish's first
"school of choice."
"In 2002, our parish built
a new school with a new con-
cept," Schmersahl explained.
"It was an arts and technology
academy that drew its popula-
tion from the whole parish by
means of a lottery. 1 applied
Howell. That staff did so
much more than influence us
in the classroom. They
encouraged leadership and
pride," he said. At NSU,
Cochran was involved in the
Pi Epsilon Kappa physical
education fraternity, tennis
Cochran recalled a con-
versation with Bonnette in
which he was asked what he
was teaching his students.
After listing a few athletic sta-
tistics, Bonnette interrupted
Cochran and said, "How
many kids are you inspiring to
be physically fit? How many
are you inspiring to learn? It's
not just about winning
"I had a desire that if they
walked into one of my teach-
ing areas, I wanted them to
find me doing what they
taught me to do," Cochran
said. "That' is the influence
they had on me."
Dana Schmersahl said
that every new school for her
has been an adventure.
Schmersahl is principal at J.
for and was selected to be the
first principal for this school."
Schmersahl earned a B.A.
degree from Northwestern in
1967 in elementary education
and kindergarten education
and received her M. Ed., in
early childhood education
from McNeese State
University in 1972. In 1974,
she received her education
specialist degree in supervi-
sion and administration from
the University of
Southwestern Louisiana in
Lafayette. She has been a
principal since 1988.
Schmersahl was a Head
Start teacher in Jennings in the
summers of 1967. 1968, 1969.
"My first year of teaching
was at Central High School,
K-12, in Natchitoches in
1967," she said. "I taught for
two years at Estherwood
Elementary in Estherwood,
1968-1970. I moved to
Lafayette Parish where I
taught at Carencro Heights
Elementary and Myrtle Place
Elementary for one year,
1970-1971. I then taught at
Broadmoor Elementary in
Lafayette, from 1971-1979.
"I became an assistant
principal of S.J. Montgomery
Elementary in Lafayette in
1979. This was a large K-5
school which housed a large
population of deaf ed classes.
We had 1 3 classes of deaf stu-
dents. I became principal at
this school in 1988 -1993. 1
was one of the first principal's
to have a French Immersion
Schmersahl moved to
Prairie Elementary in
Lafayette as principal in 1993
"Prairie also housed a
French Immersion program.
Every grade level had an
Immersion class from Pre-K
to 5th grade," she said.
"This arts school was
such a new concept here. It
was and has been very excit-
ing to be a part of the plan-
ning and growth. Since 2002,
our parish has added more
schools of choice. There are
plans to eventually make
every school a school of
choice," she said.
J. Wallace James employs
full-time instructors for
dance, drama, band, strings,
vocal music, visual arts, piano
and technology. There is also
a full-time reading facilitator,
lead teacher, and two P.E.
"Both of my parents were
teachers, therefore, the influ-
ence was there to be a teacher
when I was
That is the very reason my dad
selected Northwestern for me.
He said if I was going to be a
teacher, I needed to go to a
college that had a good name
for this profession," she said.
Principals today face
many challenges, Schmersahl
said, challenges that can
change from year to year.
"Meeting the academic
needs of each child is always
in the forefront. Safety is
another challenge that is
always in the back of every
principal's mind. To make
sure one's school is always
safe is a real challenge today,"
"A big challenge we have
at our school is to integrate the
arts and technology with the
academics but time has really
helped us as we are now in our
fifth year and our scores have
yielded us nice checks from
the state for growth on our test
"I love being a principal
mainly because every day is
different. There are always
new challenges to hurdle or
conquer. The thought that we
are influencing and impacfing
the future is exciting to me.
Where else can this happen
but in a school ! After 40 years
in education, I can still say I
love my job."
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Long Purple Line
Six Northwestern State University graduates have been
selected as the 2006 inductees into the NSU Hall of
Distinction, the Long Purple Line. This year's honorees
include Tom Carleton of Bossier City, Robert Eugene Easley.
Ph.D.. and Jo Pease of Houston, Brig. Gen (ret.) Curtis Hoglan
of Niceville, Fla., Kevin Lynch of Cincinnati, and Speaker of
the Louisiana House of Representatives Joe Salter of Florien.
Carleton has been an educator for 39
years. He has been chancellor of Bossier
Parish Community College since 1994,
Carleton earned a bachelor's degree in social
sciences in 1967 and a master's in social sci-
ences in 1974.
"Northwestern gave me a foundation on
which I built my career. Without that. I
would be no where." said Carleton. "I learned to stay true to my
cause and gained the insights as to where I needed to go and
what I needed to do to make a contribution toward making the
world a better place."
Carleton joined BPCC in 1974 as a social sciences teacher
and has served as director of Community Education and vice
chancellor of community affairs.
Easley received a bachelor's in business
in 1962 and a master's in business in 1963.
He received a Ph.D. from the University of
Colorado in 1988.
, - Easley served at the NASA Johnson
^^^^^l Space Center for 34 years and was a member
^^^k^^^^^ of the federal government's Senior
^^^^^^^^^ Executive Service. Easley received the
Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive and the NASA
Exceptional Service Medal.
He worked in senior positions at The Boeing Company
Space Exploration Division from 1998 until 2005. Easley teach-
es at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. He is a member of
the NSU College of Business Hall of Distinction.
"I received an outstanding education at Northwestern," said
Easley. "The professors were very interested in the success of
the students and spent a lot of time not just advising, but coun-
seling. I sincerely believe that my experiences at NSU helped to
prepare me for an exciting and challenging career."
Hoglan received a bachelor's in music
education in 1955. He earned a master's in
public administration at Shippensburg
"NSU was the first time I had really
experienced the larger world, met many peo-
ple from all kinds of backgrounds," said
Hoglan. "At NSU 1 learned that I could "be
all I could be.' 1 was not an honor student, but 1 learned that I
could do almost anything I set my mind to."
Hoglan served at the Pentagon and around the world. He
was commanding general of V Corps Artillery and the First
ROTC Region. Hoglan was an inductee into the NSU ROTC
Hall of Fame. His decorations include two Bronze Stars and the
Hoglan has also worked in economic development.
Lynch, a 1961 graduate, earned a bache-
lor's degree in political science. He was an
executive with Procter and Gamble for 30
"My years at Northwestern formed a
foundation of values that I have tried to build
on throughout my life," said Lynch. "The
discipline I gained as a graduate of
Northwestern's R.O.T.C. program, and as a member of the pres-
tigious 'Black Knights.' instilled a drive to excel as a U.S. Army
Officer and throughout my business career."
Lynch co-founded of the Catholic Men's Fellowship of
Greater Cincinnati and the National Fellowship of Catholic
Men. serving as the organization's president.
Lynch established the Annie C. O'Neal Lynch Endowment
in honor of his wife to support nursing students and student
activities at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Pease received a degree in accounting
and business administration. She worked as a
legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Waggoner
before becoming a lobbyist for Shell Oil
Pease earned an MBA from the Yale
School of Management. She became Shell's
(U.S.) chief ethics and compliance officer in
200 1 and served on the Board of Directors of the Ethics and
Compliance Officers Association. Last year, she was honored by
Texas Executive Women as one of 10 "Women on the Move" in
"Northwestern was a place where I could make things hap-
pen." said Pease. "The university felt like a place where people
were willing to do things differently. 1 had a chance to work
with fellow students all the way up to the president. Those expe-
riences gave me of self-confidence and prepared me for the
Salter was elected Speaker of the
Louisiana House of Representatives in 2004,
the first representative from his district to
hold the position.
"I am extremely honored to receive this
special recognition." said Salter. "I know
many people who have been inducted into
the Long Purple Line have been very suc-
cessful and have made many important contributions.
Northwestern has been an important part of my life and of many
members of my family."
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College of Education honors Distinguished Educators
Northwestern's College of
Education hosted the seventh
annual Alumni Reunion and
breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 28 in con-
junction with Homecoming activities.
During the COE reunion, four alumni
were inducted into the Hall of
Distinguished Educators. They are State
Rep. Beverly Gourdon Bruce of
Mansfield, Travis E. Funderburk of
Pineville, Lola Kendrick of Shreveport
and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb
of Natchitoches. One alumnus. Dr.
Robert Gillan of Natchitoches, was desig-
nated a Friend of Education.
Bruce has served in the Louisiana
House of Representatives for over 1 1
years and was re-elected in 1999 and
2003 to her second and third terms with-
out opposition. Prior to her election in
1995, she served as teacher of home eco-
nomics in the public school system for
nine years and as a home economist with
the LSU Agricultural Center-Research
and Extension Service for 23 years. She
retired from her DeSoto Parish Extension
position in 1996 to devote full-time serv-
ice in the House of Representatives.
Bruce received a degree in home
economics education from Northwestern
in 1956 and a master's degree in child
development and family relations in
1964. She also did post-graduate work at
Louisiana State University.
Funderburk contributed to education
at the local and state levels while serving
as a teacher^ principal, supervisor and
assistant superintendent in Rapides
Parish. After graduating with honors
from Northwestern State College in 1950
and earning a master's in education at
LSU, he completed post-graduate work at
the University of Florida, LSU and
Northwestern, in addition to completing
many institutes and seminars on special
topics in education.
Funderburk began his career as a
physics and general science teacher at
Bolton High School in Alexandria before
becoming an assistant principal and later
principal at Cherokee Elementary. He
was Supervisor of Elementary Education
for the Rapides Parish School Board from
1963-66 and Director of Instruction and
High School Supervisor from 1966-67.
From 1967-80, he was assistant superin-
tendent of instruction and from 1980-93
owned Travco Educational Consultant
and Sales Services, serving school sys-
tems and school supply firms.
Kendrick served Caddo Parish for 30
years, where she was recognized as an
outstanding teacher, researcher, public
relations head and assistant to the super-
intendent. She has been a community
education activist, serving on numerous
boards and clubs, constantly researching
and writing education- and youth-related
Kendrick earned her undergraduate
degree in 1961 and a master's from
Northwestern in 1967. In addition to her
work as a teacher and administrator, she
served for eight years as an education
specialist for Workforce Commission in
the governor's office, where she was
responsible for researching education
issues, such as preparing a work-ready
workforce and career planning. She was
the principal author of a report that has
been widely used and quoted in
Louisiana workforce, education and eco-
nomic development arenas. The report
has continued to be updated and is fea-
tured in a Council for a Better Louisiana
Webb is currently in his 10th year as
president of Northwestern. During his
tenure. Northwestern has gained unprece-
dented state and national attention for its
achievements in academic and athletic
programming. New academic programs
have been created including bachelor's
programs in criminal justice, heritage
resources, electronics engineering tech-
nology and theatre, along with a bache-
lor's in liberal arts in the Louisiana
Scholars' College. A new graduate pro-
gram in heritage resources is in its second
Webb earned degrees in mathematics
and business education at Northwestern
in 1965 and a master's in mathematics in
1966. He taught mathematics as a gradu-
ate assistant and as a faculty member at
Northwestern before earning a doctorate
with concentrations in mathematics and
research at the University of Southern
Mississippi in 1971.
After serving in administrative
capacities at other universities for several
years, Webb returned to Northwestern as
Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies
in 1989 and in 1996 was elevated to the
office of president. NSU's scope includes
delivery of instruction and services on the
main campus in Natchitoches and at
satellite campuses in Alexandria,
Shreveport, Leesville/Fort Polk and at
numerous off-site locations across central
Gillan's contributions to
Northwestern's technology sector have
been invaluable. He built and directed
the university's Education Technology
program, the largest graduate concentra-
tion at the university and one of the
largest programs of its kind in the nation.
He has also pioneered the development of
web-based instruction and taught the univer-
sity's first Internet courses.
Northwestern's Master of Education and
Education Specialist degree concentra-
tions in education technology were the
first such programs approved for on-line
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New Foundation Board Members
Alvin C. Moreau Jr. of Baton Rouge and Steve Tannehill of
011a have been named to the Northwestern State University
Foundation Board of Directors.
A native of Baton Rouge, Moreau played foot-
ball at NSU and was elected to the All Gulf States
Conference team. He graduated from NSU in 1966
with a degree in education and a minor in English.
He taught for four years before returning to school,
enrolling in the physical therapy program at the
University of Alabama-Birmingham. He has worked
as a practicing physical therapist since 1974. He is
CEO of Moreau Physical Therapy, which consists of four clinics in the
Baton Rouge and Opelousas areas. He is a member of NSU's Graduate N
Club and was instrumental in initiating the Buddy Bonnette Memorial
Married since 1970 to Margarette Ackal Moreau, Moreau and his wife
have four children, Eugenie, Al III. Matthew and Michael, and five grand-
Tannehill graduated from Northwestern in 1977.
attended law school at Louisiana State University and
worked as a wood contractor until 1 98 1 . He has been
a Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society field
representative for the last 25 years and a registered
representative with Woodmen Financial Services
since 2001. He is a member of the National
Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors and
the Million Dollar Round Table.
Tannehill and his wife. Pamela Menefee Tannehill, have two children.
Stephanie and William. He is a member of the United Methodi.st Church
of Urania and is an active supporter of LaSalle High School athletics and
the Olla-Tullos-Urania Senior Citizens Organization.
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Salter earned a bachelors and master's degree in education and com-
pleted additional post-graduate work. He had a distinguished career as an
educator, retiring as Sabine Parish assistant superintendent of schools.
He was first elected to the House in 1986 and has been re-elected five
times, four times without opposition.
Distinguished Educators from page 4
delivery and to date remain the preeminent online graduate programs in
the state, both in quality and in number of graduates.
Gillan's impact on the state technology sector over the pa.st decade is
defined through several examples. The Louisiana Association of
Computer Using Educators, which he founded and continues to lead,
forms the professional nexus for all school technology educators. His
Middle School On-Line staff development resource, which provides on-
line continuing education for all state middle school teachers, serves as a
model for teacher development of every kind. Dr. Gillan has taken a lead-
ership role in training more teachers at all levels through college course
work, workshops and conference presentations than any other educator in
Special Agent Patrick S. Turner of the FBI
is the recipient of the 2006 President's
Distinguished Service Award at Northwestern
State University. He was be honored during
NSU's Homecoming activities on Oct. 27-28.
Turner, a 1986 graduate of Northwestern,
has been with the FBI since 1997. He has been
assigned to the Miami, El Paso and
Indianapolis Divisions of the FBI. From
January 2004 until October 2005, Turner was
the supervisor for the Indianapolis Joint
Terrorism Task Force. In March, he was
deployed to Iraq in support of the FBI's coun-
terterrorism mission. After deployment, he
returned to Indianapolis and is working vio-
lent crime cases and is a member of the FBI
Indianapolis SWAT team.
Turner earned both an athletic and honors
scholarship to NSU, playing four years on the
Demon football team. He was part of the 1984
Gulf Star Conference championship team and
earned the squad's high academic award in
1985 and 1986.
After graduating from NSU, Turner spent
three years as a state trooper with the Florida
Highway Patrol. In 1990, he became a com-
missioned officer in the U.S. Army, flying
CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
"I was surprised to learn that I received
this award," said Turner, who wrote about
some of his experiences in Iraq for
www.nsudemons.com . "I feel as if I am only a
small part of what I have been involved with
in Iraq and with the Bureau. I am very hon-
Turner's wife Elena is also an FBI agent.
They have two daughters, Shae, 6, and
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Six outstanding educators at Northwestern
State University were recognized for their
contributions to the university and their individual
colleges as recipients of this year's NSU
Excellence in Teaching Awards. The six hon-
orees, who were selected by their peers, were
honored during Homecoming. The faculty and
their respective colleges are, from left, Dr Mark
Schaub, College of Business; Dr. Paula Furr,
College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Patricia N. Pierson,
College of Science and Technology; Dr Laura
Carwile Aaron, College of Nursing, and Dr.
Barbara Duchardt, College of Education. Not
shown is Dr. James A. Means, Louisiana
Alumni Plaza unveiled IS
A reception to commemorate the completion
of NSU's Alumni Plaza was held
Homecoming weekend. Numerous alumni
and university supporters contributed to the
project by purchasing fixtures such as the Pi
Kappa Phi clock and the Dan and Lilly
Chase fountain, as well as benches, granite
tiles, trees and hmps. The Plaza is located
between the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts
Auditorium and the Orville Hanchey Gallery.
The development of the Plaza is on-going as
engraved brick pavers are still available for
purchase. The engraved fixtures provide a
tangible connection to the university for
graduates, faculty and supporters. For more
information on the Plaza, or to purchase a
fixture for yourself or a loved one, contact
the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4243.
The NSU College of Business recognized outstand-
ing businesses during the annual Homecoming
brunch on Saturday, Oct. 28. Named the Dean's
Outstanding Business Award recipients were, from
left. State Farm Insurance represented by Buddy
Wood; Association of Member Benefits Advisors,
represented by Sherry Morgan, and Martco
Foundation, represented by Jesse Bolton. On the
back row is Dr Stephen Elliott, acting dean of the
College of Business.
Graduate N Club
The 1981 team from Northwestem State University, represented by Victor Oatis, Joe
Delaney, Mario Johnson and Mark Duper, coached by Jerry Dyes, who won the NCAA
championship in the 4x100 meter relay, were inducted into the Graduate N Club Hall of
Fame during Homecoming weekend. Pictured after the inductions were, from left, Mark
Duper, Alma Delaney Warren (Joe Delaney's sister), Carolyn Delaney (Joe Delaney's
wife), Mario Johnson, Coach Jerry Dyes and Victor Oatis. The team remains the only uni-
versity that competes at the Division l-AA level in football to ever win a relay title, 4x100
or 4x400, men or women, at the NCAA Division I Indoor or Outdoor Championships.
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OKathy Waits Robinson (1986) was selected as one of the
"Great 100 Nurses in Texas for 2006" by the Dallas-Fort
Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Nurses Association. This
prestigious award is considered by most physicians and nurses
as the highest award given to RNs in Texas. Robinson works at
the Medical Center of Lewisville, Lewisville, Texas.
She is currently finishing her Masters in Neonatology
Nursing at Baylor Medical School and will be a certified NNP
in May 2007.
Robinson is married to Tim Robinson, formerly of
Shreveport, and has two children, Kimberly, 1 1 , and Matthew. 8.
"I owe most of my success in nursing to the education and
training I received at Northwestern School of Nursing. I am par-
ticularly grateful to Mrs. Cheek for her instruction and guidance
when I was a student," she said. "Thank you Northwestern for
giving me the tools to have a successful and rewarding career as
kNSU alumnus Mike Restovich, federal security director
at Dallas Love Field, was tapped in March 2006 to over-
see the day-to-day operations of all United States transportation
security, including all .security directors, screeners and inspec-
Within the Transportation Security Administration.
Restovich, 58, will command security operations for all types of
transportation - one of the largest endeavors in the federal gov-
Restovich was an early figure in the TSA's formation after
the 9/1 1 terrorist attacks and has been a key figure in the
agency's "risk-based" reorganization under Director Kip
Hawley. Restovich, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, is one
of four people overseeing key aspects of the agency.
Work during Hurricane Katrina led to the new job.
Restovich traveled to Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport to
help oversee evacuations after the storm. He received the TSA's
most prestigious award in October and was invited to help with
the agency's reorganization based on recommendations by
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Cheiloff.
Restovich was a double major in psychology and sociology
with criminal justice as his area of interest. He graduated from
NSU in 1969. He was an officer in Kappa Alpha, and Gamma
Psi Honor Society.
O Amanda Shuford Mayeaux and Monique Wild were
two of a team of three teachers from Dutchtown Middle
School in Geismar named Teacher of the Year at the 2006
Disney Teacher Awards Gala in August. Eighth grade teachers
Mayeaux, Wild and colleague Kathryn Pilcher were the first
teaching team to take the title. They also took home the 2006
Outstanding Middle School Teacher Award and the 2006 Youth
Service America Award, an unprecedented accomplishment.
Mayeaux graduated from Northwestern in 1992. At NSU,
she sang in the choir, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and
worked in the dean of education's office. She was the
Outstanding Elementary Student Teacher for NSU in 1992.
After earning her undergraduate degree at NSU, she earned two
master's degrees from LSU, one in curriculum and instrucfion
and a second in education leadership. She also won the Milken
Family Foundation National Educator award in 2003. She
teaches math and science
Wild earned her undergraduate degree in elementary educa-
tion at LSU in 1991 and completed her master's degree in edu-
cation technology through Northwestem's on-line program. She
teaches English/language arts and history.
li^^Crystal Mallett of Alexandria, a
member of the Gamma Phi
Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International
Honor Society in Education, was award-
ed a $ 1 ,000 scholarship by the organiza-
tion. Mallett earned an undergraduate
degree in elementary education at
Northwestern in 2005 through a joint
program between the College of
Education and the Louisiana Scholars'
College. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in special edu-
cation with emphasis in teaching gifted children through NSU.
This past fall, Mallett began her .second year teaching hon-
ors and gifted English, reading and computers to seventh and
eighth grade .students at Pineville Junior High.
Mallett hopes to complete her degree in August 2007 and
intends to stay in the central Louisiana area.
OJohn M. Sullivan has been named vice president for aca-
demic affairs at Watkins College of Art & Design in
Nashville. He will oversee the college's academic planning and
will work with other members of the executive management
team to coordinate the internal operations of the college's aca-
A native of Vidalia, Sullivan attended NSU from 1968-75,
minus 1 970-72 when he served in the Vietnam War with the U.S.
Army. He later served with the U.S. National Guard. At NSU,
he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and graduated in 1975
with a B.S. in advertising design.
In 1984, he returned to school and earned an M.F.A in
graphic design at Louisiana Tech while working in corporate
advertising and public relations in Monroe.
Sullivan taught graphic design at Arkansas Tech in
Ru.ssellville, Ark., for 15 years. During that time, he also worked
as a graphic design consultant for an agricultural development
institute and began exhibiting his own artwork. In addition to
graphic design, he is a painter and print maker.
In 2003, Sullivan left Arkansas Tech to become chairman of
the Department of Art at Jackson State University in Jackson,
Miss. After eight months, he was promoted to associate dean for
the College of Liberal Arts.
Sullivan moved to Nashville in August to take up his new
post. He and his wife Margaret, a photographer, are empty
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^^Major Alan Hardin has joined the staff at Northwestern
^^^^ as an assistant professor of military science. Major Hardin
will work primarily as enrollment and scholarships officer in
charge of recruiting for the NSU ROTC program.
His duties are interviewing and explaining what ROTC is
to prospective cadets in college at Northwestern, high schools
and at Fort Polk and informing them about the financial incen-
tives available to students who have an interest in military sci-
Major Hardin graduated from Pickering High School in
1984 and enrolled at Northwestern. He played men's basketball
as a walk-on and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity. He met his wife, the former Sheila Sampite, at
Northwestern. Major Hardin joined the Army in 1988 and
returned to NSU to complete his undergraduate degree in busi-
ness administration in 1990. Married since 1991, Major Hardin
and his wife have an 18-month-old son, Daniel.
kSgt. Jerod Ward of the Louisiana National Guard
received a hero's welcome home during the Sept. 30 NSU
football game, in conjunction with Military Appreciation Day. A
Northwestern alumnus, Sgt. Ward served in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was recognized on-field during a
half-time ceremony alongside several other local service mem-
bers. Sgt. Ward served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
with the 156th Armor Battalion of the Louisiana National
Guard. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained
during his 12-month tour in Baghdad. Ward graduated from
Northwestern in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice.
^^ Jason Lott ('96, "99) has been named superintendent of Casa
^<>' Grande Ruins National Monument, the fu^st archaeological
site to be preserved by the federal government and the fifth oldest
unit in the National Park Service.
Located in Coolidge, Ariz.,
the Casa Grande Ruins are one of
the largest and most mysterious
prehistoric structures built in North
America. Set aside as a federal land
reserve in 1892 and then as a
National Monument in 1918, Casa
Grande Ruins is a place where his-
tory transcends 600 years of continuous occupation. The site has
approximately 100,000 visitors per year.
Lott earned an undergraduate in advertising design with a
minor in photography and a master's in history with an emphasis in
cultural resource management at NSU. He was a member of Kappa
Alpha Order and a graduate of the ROTC program. Lott has been an
active member of the Louisiana National Guard and Army Reserve
for 18 years, including 10 years as an enlisted soldier. Lott served in
Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91 and was deployed to Iraq in
2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a com-
pany commander overseeing 142 soldiers. He served as a company
commander for 1086 Transportation Company out of Bunkie, Ville
Platte and Vidalia, where some Northwestern students were under
Lott has settled in Florence with his wife, Wendy Ropelewski
Lott, and their two children. Wendy earned a degree in anthropolo-
gy at NSU in 1995 and a master's in histoid with emphasis in cul-
tural resource management, in 2000. They have two children, Sarah,
8, and Jimmy. 6.
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Look for familiar names at the book
store. ..NSU alumni
Brother and sister alumni
Shelley Richardson of Birmingham,
Ala., and Bonnie Richardson Murphy
of Natchitoches, are planning a
release of their second children's
book and have a third book in the
works. The collaborations, which
are written by Murphy and illustrated by Richardson, are color-
ful rhyming books for preschool children and beginning readers.
The latest book, entitled "Rooster's Gumbo" will be pub-
lished through the Creole Heritage Center at Northwestern, and
will include Creole phrases, an authentic Creole recipe for
gumbo and a glossary of Creole terms.
Murphy and Richardson's first book together, "Can A
Rooster Drive a Tractor," was published in 2001.
"We worked with Creole specialists to inject Creole phras-
ing into the narrative," said Janet Colson, assistant director of
the Creole Heritage Center.
Murphy graduated from Northwestern in 1962 with a
degree in elementary education and taught elementary students
for several years. She and her husband, Steve Murphy, recently
relocated back to Natchitoches from Foxworth, Miss.
Richardson graduated from Northwestern in 1960 with a
degree in physical education and a minor in sociology. He was
elected Mr. NSU and was active in the Bapdst Student Union
and intramurals. He is retired as an community education
administrator for the Jefferson County, Alabama, Board of
A third book in the works is entitled "The Discontented
For more information on the Murphy/Richardson books,
contact the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com . Information can also be obtained through
the NSU Creole Heritage Center, (318) 357-6685.
^HHj^^^H Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953) of
^^^^^Pm^^H Grapevine, Texas, has published a novel
^^^^F^ ^^H entitled "The Little Dry," the story of
^^^▼^ — * ''^H J^riice, an American artist who follows
^^^ W^ her husband to his native Nigeria follow-
^^ ing his eight year study in the United
' ^jj g States. In the book, Janice finds a num-
ber of surprises as Nigeria experiences
two coups and she discovers that her husband has a native wife
and a child.
This is Wyatt's first book, though she has published many
stories and articles in various magazines, including "Child Life,"
"American Red Cross News." Another story, "A Pot of Water for
Bocas," was selected for inclusion in a collection of "Children
Around the World" publicadon. Bluestone, a literary quarterly,
which is available on the Internet, published an adult novella, "A
Light Gone Out." Through the years, Wyatt has published other
books with a variety of themes.
"My appreciation for Northwestern and the contribution
this insfitution has made to my life are inexpressible," she said.
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Winnfield Recruiting/Alumni Reception and Golf Tournament
Hedy (1971) and Jim
Pinkerton, Kathy and
Bobby (1963) Guin
and Benny (1956) and
Beth Smith got
reaquanted during the
Tammy (1991) and Todd Martin enjoyed the meal and
fellowship of the reception held in Winnfield in July.
Alumni Association Vice President Jerry Brungart (1971), Robert Walker (1972)
and Chuck Levey (1974) looked over NSU sports memorabilia following the
Winnfield Golf Toumament.
Shreveport Golf Outing
Jim (1965) and Neva Barr and John (1994) and Jennifer Carpenter were
among those who greeted new NSU recruits.
Renowned TV sports announcer Tim Brando donated and Patrick Netherton,
NSU sports radio announcer, coordinated a golf outing package as an item up
for bid during last year's NSU Athletic Scholarship Auction. The winning bid-
der for the package was NSU supporter Robert Holladay of Natchitoches, who
presented the package as a gift to NSU football radio announcer Jack "Britt"
Brittain Jr. and NSU Men's Head Basketball Coach Mike McConathy Brando
and Netherton hosted at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport. From
left are Brittain, McConathy, Brando and Netherton. "The golf and laughter
meant a great time and we all join in saying Thank you so much,'" Brittain said.
Chicago area alumni gathered for a reunion at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge
in Hinsdale, III., in August. Attending the event were, seated from left, Jill
Bankston, Lil Dealy, Liz Mims, Allison Miller, Elena Turner, Barbara Conner,
Ginger Eppinette and Patncia Fee. On the back row are Jay Bankston, John
Dealy, Ted Mims, Brad Miller, Patrick Tumer, Matthew Eppinette and Kelvin Fee.
A new campus tradition for students and student groups
began with the fall semester as rocks were placed around
campus for groups to promote their events, activities and
special news. A committee will set forth guidelines for
painting and reserving the rock for use by all student
groups. Courtney Carnahan, a sophomore fashion mer-
chandising major from Pineville, decorated one of the
many large rocks to welcome students back to school.
Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 9
The Daily Demon adds flair to
Thousands of Northwestern alumni and
many others who have interest in NSU
athletics use the www.nsudemons.com
website to keep current on the Demons
and Lady Demons.
Recently, the site launched a new
feature - a blog entitled "The Daily
Demon." Blogs, which are online
"diaries," provide the authors with a
forum for reflections and observations.
While blogs are commonplace on
news sites on the Internet, they are hard
to find on intercollegiate athletics web-
Recent entries on "The Daily
Demon" included coverage of the 40th
reunion of the unbeaten 1966 Demons
football team, news on two former NSU
star athletes coaching at LSU, and
reflections on the "Opie's Open" golf
tournament held by basketball coach
Mike McConathy to support NSU's
championship hoops team.
Demon Days 2007 calendar in
For the avid NSU sports fan, or anyone
who loves Northwestern, there's an
excellent stocking stuffer - the Demon
Days 2007 wall calendar.
The third annual edition of the
Demon Days calendar is under produc-
tion and should be available in early
December. It features more than 50
striking photos of Northwestern stu-
dent-athletes, spirit group members,
coaches and fans covering every one of
NSU's NCAA Division I sports teams,
with the images selected from the col-
lection of official NSU photographer
There are more than 200 historic
dates in Northwestern athletic history
featured on the calendar, with landmark
achievements in each sport recognized
tracing all the way back to the early
days of athletics at "the Normal school."
Every buyer also is entered into
monthly drawings for Demon Days
Calendar Prizes, ranging up to $100
value in cash, merchandise or outings.
Calendars can be ordered at the
NSU athletic fieldhouse during business
hours (8-.5) Monday-Friday, and also at
home NSU basketball games before and
after the holidays. They can be ordered
online at www.nsudemons.com on the
internet, with a $3 shipping charge
applicable if needed.
Remembering the 1966 Unbeaten Demons
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The 1966 team who reunited in October were, from left, David Centanni, David Lovich, Gerald
Malley, Shelley Dickie, Al Phillips, Paul Alonzo, Dick Concilio, Carroll Long, Coach Herbie Smith,
David Arnold, Coach Gene Knecht, Nellie Clayton, Steve Gaspard, Coach John Ropp, Don
Guidry, Dick Reding, Barry Fresh, Ross Gwinn, Kenny Callens, David Smith, Gary Pittman,
Coach Ernest "Slim" Howell, Phillip Creel and Melvin Johnston.
Scholarship remembers former Demon basketball player
The family of former
University basketball stand-
out Bill Loftin. who at the
time of his death in January
2006 was believed to have
been the oldest living Demon
basketball alumnus, has
established the "Bill Loftin
Men's Basketball Scholar-
ship" in honor of the late Red
River Parish native.
Loftin was an outstand-
ing player for Coach H. Lee
Prather from 1 934-38, serving
as team captain his last two
seasons. A highly successful
coach in his hometown of Martin, Loftin
served in General George Patton's Third
Army seeing action during World War II.
Gathering to make the contribution were children and his
wife; from left, John Loftin, Faye Goode, Richard Loftin,
Leola Loftin and NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke.
He later became principal of Martin for
seven years and spent nearly a decade as
superintendent of schools in the parish.
An innovative concept which may launch a trend in marketing colle-
giate and professional sports programs, the newly-unveiled website
www.nsudemons4kids.com is designed to develop a connection
between Northwestern State athletics and children in junior Ngh and
Among elements of the site are games of varying degrees of diffi-
culty for various ages, coloring pages, puzzles, art contests, stories
about NSU games, athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, and activities
written by kids, spotlights on NSU athletes, coaches, Vic the Demn^
mascot, cheerleaders and band members. Wt
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Alum lives out a dream at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp
Randy Ryder. (1990. 1995)
lived out his dream as he
participated in two Rock and
Roll Fantasy camps, a chance
to write and perform music
with some of the biggest
names in music. Ryder, who
sings and plays guitar, was
able to write and perform
songs, get instruction from
celebrities and jam with some
of the legends of rock.
The Rock and Roll
Fantasy camp brings music
lovers together with music
professionals for the opportu-
nity to move from the specta-
tor stands to the stage. The
camp was created by Daid
Fishof, a renowned agent and
"I met numerous rock
stars and have become friends
with a few. while all were very
approachable." said Ryder,
who jammed on-stage at B.B.
King's with Rock and Roll
Hall of Famer Dickey Betts of
the Allman Brothers during
the Rock and Roll Fantasy
camp. We really got to jam
with these guys not just meet
and greet but work in studio's
with these greats."
After writing songs at
both camps, the song Ryder's
band worked on in New York
was recorded at Sirius
Satellite's studio and will be
included on a CD with record-
ings by other Rock and Roll
This past fall. Ryder met
with VH-1 to put together a
two-hour special he co-hosted
with Lynn Hoffman that will
air this spring and feature
Ryder and the interaction
between the stars from the
camp. The broadcast will
allow Ryder the opportunity
to promote his New Orleans
Children's Charity project.
He also participated in a one-
day camp in Columbus. Ohio,
opening on a side stage for
Randy Ryder jammed on-stage at B.B. King's with Rock and Roll Hall
of Famer Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers during the Rock and Roll
Def Leppard and Journey.
Ryder still has his day job
working for Cardiovascular
Consultants and taking care of
patients in their nuclear lab.
He is married to Amanda
Middlebrooks Ryder (1996).
who is radiology director at
Medical Center in Shreveport.
The couple has two children.
Randy works as technical
director of nuclear cardiology.
At Northwestern. Ryder
earned degrees in electronic
engineering technology in
1990 and radiologic/nuclear
medicine technology in 1995.
He was a member of Tau
Kappa Epsilon. He played in
Natchez Trace, a band with
other guys from different fra-
ternities, from 1987-89.
Long Purple Line member honored by fraternity
David D. Morgan (1973) was inducted into the Pi Kappa Phi
Fraternity Hall of Fame during the fraternity's national
convention held in Dallas in July.
'i was quite proud of this honor since only 24 out of
100.(K)() alumni have ever been selected into the Hall of Fame."
The Pi Kappa Phi Hall of Fame consists of selected alumni
members who have distinguished themselves in their respective
profession and. by doing so. have brought honor and credit to
their fraternity. Morgan, an alumnus of NSU's Beta Omicron
chapter, began in the insurance industry following graduation in
197.3. Over the last 30-plus years he has been a founder and
CEO of several different insurance companies. A pioneer in
linking insurance products and other benefits with membership-
based organizations, he has brought credit to Pi Kappa Phi by
adding value to many different associations.
Morgan credited much of his success in life to the lessons
learned as a chapter leader. He credited Pi Kappa Phi with
broadening his horizons and equipping him to be a successful
business leader. Morgan also challenged the student leaders to
take full advantage of their Pi Kappa Phi experience.
Morgan has supported NSU in several projects. In 1998, he
was inducted into the NSU Long Purple Line.
Presenting the "Hall of Fame" award to David Morgan, far right, are
Mark Jacobs National Treasurer, and Allen Woody Foundation
Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 1 1
Durr Professorship announced at College of Business brunch
An endowed professorship in the
Northwestern State University
College of Business has been established
to honor a long-time accounting profes-
sor. The professorship, created through
the NSU Foundation in partnership with
several donors, will honor Dr. Kenneth I.
Durr, who taught at both the high school
and university levels.
The professorship in the amount of
$100,000 was created through a partner-
ship with graduates of the business
department from the classes of 1959,
1960 and 1961, who were contacted by
Ellis Coutee ('60) and Dr. William Muse
('60) about creating the professorship to
honor Durr, who provided them with a
foundation of knowledge beneficial to
Durr graduated from Marthaville
High School in 1933 and earned a B.S. at
Louisiana State Normal College in 1939.
He earned a master's at George Peabody
College in 1947 and a doctorate at
Indiana University in 1963. He taught
high school at Marthaville High,
Allen High, St.
Mary's and West
High. He then
spent 35 years
ing at the university
level in Louisiana
and Texas, teaching
Stephen F. Austin.
Durr is married to Dr. Gloria Ebarb
Durr (1961) and has five children and
eight grandchildren. He currently resides
in Nacogdoches, Texas, and celebrated
his 90th birthday earlier this year.
Partners in creating the Dr Kenneth Durr Endowed Professorship for
the College of Business were, from left, Dr. Williann Muse, Wayne
Williamson, Karl Moore, Dr. Durr, Dr. Doyle Williams, Juanita Coutee
and Ellis Coutee, Not shown are partners Glynn Phillips and Joe and
Wilna Sepulvado. Other co-partners and donors also participated in
creating the professorship.
• The Coordinating and Development
Corporation, a regional economic devel-
opment corporation, has established a
scholarship at Northwestern State
University in honor of long-time CDC
board member and former Mansfield
mayor Harold Cornett. The CDC
pledged $10,000 to NSU and presented
Announcing the Harold L. Cornett, CDC schol-
arship were, from left are CDC President and
CEO Max LeCompte, Natchitoches Mayor
Wayne McCullen, Cornett and NSU President
Dr. Randall J. Webb.
the first installment of $1,000 to the NSU
Foundation to establish the Harold L.
Cornett, CDC scholarship.
The Coordinating and Development
Corporation (CDC) is a private, nonprof-
it, membership-supported corporation
that serves the economic, community, and
business development needs of 10 parish-
es in northwest Louisiana, eight counties
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in northeast Texas and four counties in
Cornett has been a Mansfield resi-
dent for more than 40 years and served as
mayor for 16 years before retiring four
years ago. He is a former chairman of
board for the CDC, former president of
the Louisiana Municipal Association and
former president of the Louisiana
Commercial Development Authority in
• Northwestern received $800,000 in
matching funds to complete a $1 million
endowed chair and five $ 1 00,000 endowed
professorships. The matching funds were
provided by the Louisiana Educational
Quality Support Fund and supplemental
appropriations by the Louisiana Legislature.
A match of $600,000 will go toward
The Charles Ragus (Founder of Advocare
International) Family Endowed Chair in
Business. Matches of $40,000 will be
awarded to the Barry Smiley Professorship
in Marketing; the Karl and Linda Moore
Endowed Professorship in Business; the
Roy O. Martin Endowed Professorship in
Computer Information Systems; the
Thomas E. Stewart Professorship in
Educafion and the Willis-Knighton
Healthcare System Endowed Professorship
The endowed chairs were created with
gifts of $400,000, which were matched with
$600,000 from the Louisiana Educational
Quality Support Fund. Interest from the
endowment will be used to attract or retain a
nationally recognized scholar.
The endowed professorships were cre-
ated with $60,000 in donations then
matched by the state to create a $100,000
endowed professorship. Interest generated
by the endowment will fund faculty research
and development along with needed equip-
• A scholarship to benefit a
Northwestern State University freshman
pursing a degree in business has been
established in memory of a Natchitoches
businessman. A scholarship honoring the
late S.T. Sibley III was established by his
wife, Peggy Mathson Sibley, through a
donation to the NSU Foundation. The
scholarship will be awarded in the
amount of $200 per year to a Louisiana
resident. The recipient must maintain a
2.5 grade point average.
S. T. Sibley graduated from
Natchitoches High School and attended
Northwestern from 1946-49, as a busi-
ness major. During World War II, he
served in the Pacific Theatre. For 22
years, Sibley served as secretary/treasurer
of the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury
and later became president of S.T. Sibley
III Enterprises, in which he operated sev-
eral businesses. He was a Mason, a
Shriner and a member of First Baptist
Church. Sibley passed away in 1999.
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Crosby is a retired
investor and lives in
Penney Cely is a
retired teacher and
lives in Burkburnett,
George is a retired
and lives in
John 0. Gaudin is
retired, married to
Gaudin (67) and
lives in Houston,
Dr John E. Kerley,
Ed.D has recently
been named princi-
pal and athletic
director at Riverdale
Academy in East
Point, La. In May
2006, John retired
after v^^orking 34
years as principal
and teacher in the
School System. He
is married and lives
Lynette Ater Tanner
is a co-owner of
Self-Tanner & Co.,
married and lives in
Judy A. Wester is
district manager for
the state of
Louisiana Division of
Adult Probation and
Parole and lives in
Worth is retired and
lives in Mesquite,
Mary Melissa Muse
Trammel! is a spe-
cial education super-
visor for Winn Parish
School Board and
lives in Campti.
Kimberiy Crawford is
CFO at P & K Media
and lives in Mabank,
Rev. Ron F Thomas
is minister of educa-
tion at Swartz First
Baptist Church, mar-
ried and lives in
David Wayne Thrash
is a principal at
Bossier High School,
mamed and lives in
Cantillas is retired
and lives in Pacific
Frances Drake Redditt
Frances Drake Redditt of St. Joseph
retired last July at age 83 after dexoting
herself to three ditTerent careers. She
has numerous stories to tell, from her
student years at Northwestern, to \ears
spent working as a home economics
teacher and Tensas Parish school food
ser\ices director and her experiences
working for the United States
Department of Agriculture.
A nati\e of the Sabine Parish com-
munity of Mitchell. Mrs. Redditt gradu-
ated from Northwestern in 1943 with a
degree in home economics. At NSU. she
was in the educational honor society,
wrote for the Current Sauce and worked
with the Wesley Foundation. Upon grad-
uation, she received the Esther Cooley
Award as most outstanding home eco-
nomics graduate and recei\ed a gold
thimble. At a department banquet se\er-
a] years later, she recei\ed a sih er btiw I
and was recognized as an outstanding
alumna. Mrs. Redditt"s mother.
Elizabeth S. Drake, was secretar\ for
several Northwestern president's, from
A.A. Fredericks to H. Lee Prather.
Mrs. Redditt was led to the home
economics field because of a young tal-
ent for baking and sewing and involve-
ment in 4-H.
Mrs. Redditt earned a master's
degree in from Texas Women's
University in Denton. Texas, by spend-
ing two summers away from her family
to complete the coursework. Her mas-
ter's thesis was on Home Economics in
the Community, which tied directly to
was giving her high
She received her mas-
Many of Mrs. Redditt's students
won trips and scholarships through con-
tests offered by Pillsburv and Betty
Crocker and regularly placed well at
Literary Rally. She encouraged in\oI\e-
ment in organizations and practical
experience. In 1959. Mrs. Redditt was
named by Se\'enteen Magazine as one of
the Top 10 National Teachers of the
Year. One of her fondest memories is
Frances Redditt 1943
when she was
"This Is Your
ized for her by
ftiends and students, on her birthda\ .
In 1966. Mrs. Reddin went to work
as Tensas Parish school food super\ isor.
bringing the kitchens up to par and the
food program budgets out of the red.
That led to a job w ith the USDA. in
which she worked with 22 of
Louisiana's northeast parishes' food
banks and commodity food programs.
She traveled 1.200 miles per month and
\ isited e\er\ school and food pantn, site
in northeast Louisiana. She created
many of the eligibility forms currendy in
During her three careers. Mrs.
Redditt was very acti\e in numerous
professional organizations. She held
offices in the American Home
Economics Association (now the Family
and Consumer Sciences Association),
and the Louisiana School Food
Association (now called the Food and
Nutrition Association) and w as president
of both. She was also nominated to be
president of the southwest regional
American School Food Association and
tra\eled to six states.
"I had a long career and I enjoyed
working with people all these years." she
Mrs. Redditt is active at her church.
First United Methodist Church of St.
Joseph, w here she oversees the calendar
of greeters and hostesses and has begun
a post card ministry. For many years,
she made special occasion cakes and
catered events such as weddings, dinners
and teas. She enjoys tra\e! and bridge.
Mrs. Redditt has three children and
two step-children. She also has 10
grandchildren and 23 great-grandchil-
dren scattered across the country. She
lives in a rambling house on Lake Bruin.
Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 13
Remedies is an
business for a
lives in Many.
Boscan is a field
for BP America, mar-
ried and lives in
Richards is a kinder-
garten teacher, mar-
ried and lives in
Kimberly F. Paulk
Grieves is a physical
and volleyball coach.
She is married and
lives in Gulfport,
Hennage is a
and lives in San
Yvette Coburn is the
owner of ICU Video
and lives in Dallas,
Lori Perkins Tassin
is a pink Cadiltac
senior sales director
for Mary Kay, mar-
ried and lives in
Gintella is a regis-
tered nurse at St.
married and lives in
Mattox is an employ-
ee chemical manag-
er at Helena
married, and lives in
Kenny L. Hemmer is
a staff accountant at
WGCL-TV CBS 46,
married to Michele
Nixon ('94) and lives
in Atlanta, Ga.
Leslie Wilson Eames
is a staff accountant
married and lives in
Jeremy Wolff is a
and lives in Fort
Lori "Michelle" Metz
is a kindergarten
teacher at Baines
and lives in SI
Clarence Frank is
director of orches-
tras at Clear Lake
and lives in
Behrendt is a recruit-
Dr. Robert Carter III
Dr. Robert Carter III (Captain,
US Army Medical Service Corps)
was selected as the first U.S. Army
physiologist assigned in France as
part of a Department of Defense
(DoD) effort to promote internation-
al cooperation in military research,
development, and acquisition
through the exchange of defense sci-
entists and engineers. Carter is
assigned to the premier laboratory
regarding military health research,
the Centre de Recherches du Service
de Sante des Armees in La Tronche,
France (Rhone Alps Region). His
research interests are related to 1 ) the
of role that genetics play in human
adaptation and survival to extreme
environments and physical stress and
2) the role of heat shock cells (small
proteins found in many cells in the
body) in protection against heart and
skeletal muscle injury. Carter's
broader objective's are to 1 ) broaden
DoD perspectives in biomedical
research and development tech-
niques and methods, 2) gain insight
into foreign research and develop-
ment methods, organizational struc-
tures, procedures, production, logis-
tics, testing, and management sys-
tems, 3) cultivate future international
cooperative endeavors. 4) assist in
avoiding duplication of research
efforts with allied nations. From
January 2002 to March 2006, Carter
served as a Army Medical Service
Officer and Researcher in the
Division of Thermal and Mountain
Medicine at the United States Army
Research Institute of Environmental
Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick,
In addition to his military duties,
Carter continues to serve as an
adjunct assistant professor in the
Department of Biology at Southern
University and as an adjunct faculty
member in the Department of
Biological Sciences at Northwestern.
Carter teaches courses in anatomy
and microbiology via E-NSU online.
Carter attended Northwestern on
academic and track scholarships,
graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor
of Science degree in biology.
As an undergraduate, he served
as President of Theta Chi Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Faternity and was a
member of the organization for 4
years. He was a member of Beta Beta
Beta National Biological Honor
Society. Life Science Club.
After his undergraduate studies,
he went on to take graduate-level
courses in the Department of
Biological Sciences at Southern and
LSU. It was while he was at
Southern that he was selected to par-
ticipate in a bridge-to-doctorate pro-
gram between Southern and the
University of North Texas Health
Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort
Worth. After completing the bridge
program and finishing his Master's
degree in biology at Southern
University in 1997, Carter began
working toward his Ph.D. His inter-
ests and goals at that time were to
conduct epidemiological research
and laboratory studies of blood pres-
sure regulation and hypertension in
African Americans. Carter was
awarded his Ph.D. in biomedical sci-
ences (concentration in cardiovascu-
lar physiology) in 2001, and his
Master degree in Public Health
(MPH) in chronic disease epidemiol-
ogy in 2003. In 2004, Carter com-
pleted additional graduate studies in
epidemiology at Harvard School of
Public Health in Boston, and In
2005, Carter as selected as a Alonso
Yerby Fellow in the Department of
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Environmental Health at the
Harvard School of Public Health.
Carter, a member of the first
class of Gates Millennium
Scholars, and served as a reader
for the Gates Millennium Scholar
In 2003, Minority Access, Inc
through a corporative agreement
with the National Institutes of
Health Office of Minority Health
recognized Dr. Carter as National
Role Model in biomedical
Carter is a Fellow of the
American College of Sports
Medicine (ACSM) and serves as
the Massachusetts state represen-
tative and is a member on the
health and science committee of
ACSM. He is also a member of
numerous other professional
organizations including the
American College of
Epidemiology and American
Physiological Society. Carter is a
life member of Alpha Phi Alpha
He has over 40 peer-reviewed
articles, book chapters, and con-
ference proceedings related to
blood pressure regulation, human
performance, public health, and
environmental physiology and
medicine. He is also listed as an
author on one patent pending.
Carter is a member of the advisor
board for the Bridge to Doctorate
Program at UNTHSC in Fort
Carter has been a keynote
international lecturer at the
Physiological Society of South
Africa Annual Congress in Cape
Town, he has lectured on various
scientific topics worldwide to
include the University of
Stellenbousch in South Africa,
University of Jyvaskyla in
Finland, and La Tronche, France.
ment and retention
System, married and
lives in Bossier City.
Johnson is a physi-
cal therapist at
and lives in
Bush is employed at
The Smith Law Firm,
L.L.P, as an attorney
and lives in
Morgan Smith is CIO
at Pafford Medical
Services and lives in
Mabou is an admin-
istrative assistant for
to Courtney Mabou
('02) and lives in
Courtney Mabou is a
trooper, married to
Mabou ('02) and
lives in Sulphur.
Melissa Ann Gordey
Reed is a Pre-K
teacher at D.F
School. She is mar-
ried and lives in
Simpson is a tech-
nology teacher for
School District and
lives in Duncanville,
Huffman Vercher is
a medical records
supervisor at The
married and lives in
Susan Sisco is a
mer at Wal-Mart and
lives in Bentonville,
Brakhage is a com-
for Sungard Data
Systems, married to
Victoha E. Whitlock
Brakhage ('04) and
lives in Birmingham,
is a medicare settle-
ment specialist, mar-
ried to Joseph Earl
Brakhage ('04) and
lives in Birmingham
John Melvin Miller is
a plant engineer at
and lives in Florien.
Tracy I. Leeper is a
systems analyst for
Companies and lives
in Bloomington, III.
LaCaze is an admin-
at Huey P. Long
Medical Center, mar-
ried to Julius Pierre
LaCaze ('03) and
lives in Alexandria.
Lisa Crandall is a
webmaster for L-3
and lives in Fort
Butler is a case
manager worker for
Services and lives in
Josh Burton is an
exercise specialist at
Schumpert and lives
in Bossier City.
Coutee is an assis-
side sales for
and lives in Lena.
Sarah Dianne Wells
Fletcher is a recep-
tionist at Camp Town
USA, Inc, married
and lives in Pineville.
1938 Elbert Clifton Thomas, April 12,
1947 - Charles. J. Kelly Lt. Col., USAF
(ret.) - Sept. 3, 2006.
1947 Ezell Jones Waguespack,
Feb. 4, 2006
1990 Donald R. Kimbrell, June 16,
Speedy Oteria Long, Oct. 5, 2006
Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 15
Chorale makes debut
In September 1977, a group of singers from the Natchitoches
community and the university's student body and staff was
organized into the Natchitoches-Northwestern Chorale,
under the direction of Dr. John E. Taylor, director of choral
activities at NSU. Comprised of students, teachers, nurses,
business people and many diverse vocations and disciplines, the
chorale members represented many varied backgrounds.
Jeanine Smith was the pianist for the chorale.
The group presented their first concert in November 1977.
Accompanied by the NSU Chamber Orchestra, the chorus per-
formed Vivaldi's "Gloria," a sacred oratorio of praise and
thanksgiving. They also provided entertainment at the NSU-
Arkansas State football game.
Voices in the chorale were selected by audition. Officers of
the Natchitoches-Northwestern Chorale were Dr. John L. Hix,
president; Nelda Reid, vice president; Margaret Fleming, secre-
tary, and Ben Carter, treasurer.
In 1970; the Demon Marching Band included a twirling line.
Can you name the coeds who were members? The first five
readers to contact the Alumni Affairs office at (318) 357-4414
will win a prize.
Congratulations to these alumnl who
correctly identified the 1966 State Fair Court.
They were Elizabeth Chapman, Toni Walker,
Sue Peterson, Donna Watts, Queen Pam
Rushing, Cheryl Terry, Sarah Grunwald,
Shirley Kay Dalme and Martha Palmer.
Mr. Marshall Broussard— 1969
Dr. Fred Parker— 1973
Hot Springs, AR
Mrs. Beverly Clark Porche— 1969
Mr. Denman Shaffer— 1967
Mr. Bill Fowler-1969
Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 16
Alumni Information Update
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The approaching holiday season is a time to spend with loved ones
and reflect on many years of sharing wonderful memories with those
close to your heart. It is not only a time to reflect upon memories shared
with the wonderful people in our lives, but also a time to show them how
much they mean to us.
Maybe you met your best friend or spouse when you attended
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